Poulsen announces Taifa Stars' players for 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

20Aug 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Poulsen announces Taifa Stars' players for 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

TANZANIA's senior national soccer squad 'Taifa Stars' head coach, Kim Poulsen, yesterday announced 28 players that will make the squad set to play DR Congo and Madagascar in the second round of African qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup slated for next month.

Tanzania's senior national soccer squad 'Taifa Stars' head coach, Kim Poulsen. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

A notable inclusion in the squad is Yanga's midfielder, Zawadi Peter Mauya, that has had a call-up for the senior national squad for the first time.

The 28 players, according to the Danish tactician, are expected to enter camp on Tuesday next week to start preparations for the assignments.

They include Aishi Manula, Metacha Mnata, Ramadhan Kabwili, Wilbroad Maseke, Shomari Kapombe, Israel Mwenda, Erasto Nyoni, Dickson Job, and Bakari Mwamnyeto.

The list moreover has Kennedy Juma, Lusajo Mwaikenda, Abdulrazack Mohamed, Mohamed Hussein, Nickson Kibabage, Edward Manyama, Meshack Abraham, Novatus Dismas, and Mzamiru Yassin.

Mudathir Yahya, Feisal Salum, Salum Abubakar, Zawadi Mauya, Iddi Selemani, Abdul Hamis Suleiman, Mbwana Samatta, John Bocco, Ayub Lyanga, and Simon Msuva are as well the footballers selected for the squad.

Mauya has earned the call-up after the midfielder made his presence felt in Yanga's squad in this season's domestic tournaments.

The defensive midfielder, in one of his exploits, netted the lone goal as Yanga posted a 1-0 victory over rivals, Simba, in a Premier League clash in Dar es Salaam on July 3.

Taifa Stars have been placed in Group J of the continental qualifiers alongside Madagascar, DR Congo, and Benin.

The Tanzania team is set to confront DR Congo national squad in the first match of the group at Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi on September 2.

Madagascar will entertain Benin in Group J's other clash the same day.

Taifa Stars will, later on, entertain Madagascar in Dar es Salaam on September 7.

In the third fixture, Taifa Stars is expected to take on Benin on October 6 at a venue, which will be announced later.

Taifa Stars knocked Burundi out of the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup's first-round via penalties.

The two teams settled for a 1-1 draw in both home and away clashes of the first round.

The match was, for that matter, settled via penalties, which saw Taifa Stars cruise to a 3-0 victory over Burundi.

World football governing body, FIFA, in May this year, announced the postponement of African qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup which had been due to take place in June.

FIFA said the decision was taken in conjunction with the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The postponement was reportedly made due to the "need to ensure optimal playing conditions for all teams."

FIFA said the qualifiers are now scheduled to take place in existing windows during September, October, and November in 2021, as well as March in 2022.

The second round of the CAF qualification process had been due to begin in June.

Teams are due to compete across 10 groups, with the winners advancing to the third round of qualification.

The third round will see group winners drawn against each other in-home and away matches, with the two-legged ties deciding Africa’s five representatives at Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Reigning African Cup of Nations champions, Algeria, headline Group A, with Burkina Faso, Niger, and Djibouti providing the opposition in the second round.

Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, and Equatorial Guinea feature in Group B, while Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, and Liberia will contest Group C.

Cameroon faces the Ivory Coast, Mozambique, and Malawi in Group D as they aim to extend their African record number of appearances at the finals, having competed in seven tournaments to date.

Mali, Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda will contest Group E, while Egypt heads the Group F line-up where they will face Gabon, Libya, and Angola.

Ghana, Africa’s most recent quarter-finalists back in 2010, will play South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia in Group G.

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